Fresno State Wins Dual Against Pepperdine After Month Out of Pool

Fresno State vs. Pepperdine

Courtesy: Fresno State Athletics

FRESNO, Calif. – Returning to the pool for the first time in nearly five weeks, the Bulldogs defeated Pepperdine, 148-100 on Friday at the Fresno State Aquatics Center.

The ‘Dogs won the first 10 events of the dual claiming the top three spots in the 1000 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free & 200 Breast.

The Bulldogs notched nine season best times with three coming in the 100 Free with Athena Clayson winning in a time of 52.89 and Mackenzie Hutler placing second in 53.59.

Fresno State stays at home next weekend hosting UC Davis on Saturday at noon for Senior Day.

Final Team Scores
1. Fresno State – 148 pts.
2. Pepperdine – 100 pts.

Fresno State Results (season best times in bold)
200 Medley Relay

1000 Free

200 Free

100 Back

100 Breast

200 Fly

50 Free

100 Free

200 Back

200 Breast

500 Free

100 Fly

400 IM

200 Free Relay

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Courtesy: Pepperdine Athletics

FRESNO, California – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team returned to the pool after a 55-day break and fought toe-to-toe in Friday’s dual meet against Fresno State.

The meet was highlighted by four second-place finishes and strong times across the board as Pepperdine opened 2022 against a formidable Fresno State squad that earned a 148-100 victory.


Friday’s meet was a swim-meet only, and Pepperdine got things rolling in the first event as the team of Kara Coughlin (Evergreen, Colo./Evergreen HS), Emily Morton (Golden, Colo./Lakewood HS), Lexie Deitemeyer (Golden, Colo./Golden HS) and Alexandra Browne (Arlington, Va./Washington-Liberty HS) took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.09. Morton was rewarded by her strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle by placing second as well with a time of 1:58.32. She also took second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.74.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Lindsay Hemming (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS) paced the Waves with a second-place finish and a time of 5:14.02.

Third-place finishers included Emma Purdy (Truckee, Calif./Truckee HS) in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.10, Coughlin with a time of 2:12.34 in the 200 backstroke and the Waves’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Browne, Purdy, Hemming and McKenzie Kelly (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School/California Baptist) with a time of 1:40.52.


Head Coach Ellie Monobe said: “We had a great showing today in Fresno. Highlights included our second place B medley relay beating the A relay. Veteran Emily Morton also was a spectacle. Dropping a 2:06 in the 200 back, which is a dual meet best, was impressive. She also stepped up in the 400 IM, finishing with a 4:36 time.

“Other standouts included Lindsay Hemming swimming a gutsy 500 free as well as our 200-fly group of Ellie Mashkovich (Calabasas, Calif./Westlake HS), Jessica Calderoni (Los Altos, Calif./Sacred Heart Prepatory) and Tay Thomas (Pleasant Hill, Calif./College Park HS) all swimming dual meet bests. The last time we were in Fresno was 22 years ago with two very different teams, so it was a very cool reunion, and we hope to continue this tradition.”

NEXT UP: Pepperdine will be back in action tomorrow, January 15 at CSU Bakersfield for a meet with the Roadrunners and Fresno Pacific. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.

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